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No, I’m really in love…

fz6 photoOK, just kidding again.

By the time you read this, I may be the proud owner of a Yamaha FZ6. I still own my other bike I got a number of months ago, the 1994 Suzuki Impulse, but I don’t know how much longer I’ll keep it. I have a few buyers who are looking at it with my Suzuki Impulse ad on craigslist.

However, I couldn’t pass up this Yamaha and think I’ll be o.k. with the finances as long as I keep building up my income. Plus, I really wanted something that will get through the winter more comfortably given that the Suzuki did have some starter issues a long time ago. At the same time, the starter issues went away after I got the rocket battery and so that’s why I’m contemplating keeping onto the bike as well. The bike is a bit nice looking, in my opinion and a classic look that almost makes me feel like it’s a better looking bike than most. If I do put some money into it and a little more TLC, I think ti may be a classic in the long run.

For now, I’ll be putting a bit of focus into my new FZ6 which wikipedia says is a 600 cc motorcycle that was introduced in 2004 as a sporting middleweight sport bike built around the 2003 YZF R6 engine. The engine is retuned for more usable midrange power. It comes with a somewhat soft suspension. It is very well suited for sport-touring, commuting, or just having fun on curvy mountain roads. So, this should be perfect for commuting to my new University job at the Korea Maritime University.

2006-Yamaha-FZ6bI almost decided not to buy this after seeing this Yamaha Fazer review on Motorcyclist Online, but after a number of factors and consulting with my great coworker Matthew, I went ahead and decided to get it.

There’s also this FZ6 forum I’m going to have to take advantage of hopefully soon so that I can learn more about it.

I have no idea if I’ll ever get it to 200 kph like this video shows when comparing it to a Ducati 749, but I’m quite impressed at how strong this bike may be.

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Recent motorcycle thoughts…

Hyosung Comet 650R - GT650RI’m really tempted in buying this Hyosung Comet 650R – GT650R to the left right now even though I love my bike.   The starter which periodically has small issues and the gas efficiency isn’t as strong as I had hoped (even though it’s MUCH cheaper than taking cabs all ove rhte place) are making me think I want a newer bike.  This Hyosung is a 2006 and the guy says that it gets similar mileage to what I get on my Suzuki.  So, the reason why I’m debating it of course is that the fuel efficiency isn’t better and the price is definitely almost twice what I paid for my Suzuki.  However, this has a bit more kick with 650CC and is newer possibly meaning less mechanical issues in the short term.   Continue reading

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More motorcycle issues (possibly resolved?)

This is honestly just for my own record keeping, but after visiting a local bike shop near Pusan National University, the shop owner told me that the regulator was the problem. He even said he’ll bet on it and will give it to me for free for now & if it helps start the engine consistently for more than the 2 weeks maximum the starter seemed to work without a battery recharge that I go and pay only and only if it works beyond 2 weeks. So far, so good…but it’s only been 2 or so days. Continue reading

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Talk about sh*t hitting the fan…

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Is it me?  Or did I just land in the country most well known for “drama?”  

Just visited my great friend Derek at his wedding in Hawaii with the beautiful bride Bonnie and great friends.  It was seriously a beautiful wedding. Here’s the couple dancing to “Bella’s Lullaby” played by you would think a professional piano player, but rather by their niece “Rachel” who is AMAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZING!!!! (think of Will Ferrell yelling this like he did at the Harvard Commencement speech).

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The Four Most expensive Motorcycles in the world

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Some of my posts come from simply just opening up a browser here in Korea.  Most browsers point to Daum.net or Naver.com here in South Korea when you open them in contrast to Msn.com or Yahoo.com back in the states.  Anyhoo, today, there was this post about the most expensive motorcycles.  I thought I’d share the basic information which is simply how expensive these dang things are.  To be frank, I’m sure each and every one of these pocket rockets are fast!  To an amateur like me, I’m sure all of them would blow my mind … if I was even lucky enough to keep it straight or in control riding these rockets on 2 wheels.  Anyhoo, I was curious about the price…now you’ll know how much they cost.

[Drum roll please…]

Coming in at #4 in the list of the World’s most expensive motorcycles is the 2006 MV Agusta F4CC with a suggested price of ………………….  $120,000 USD:

2006 MV Agusta F4CC

2006 MV Agusta F4CC

Number 3 in the MOST expensive motorcycles in the world is …………………. MTT ‘Turbine Superbike’ which in 2004 was running for $185,000 USD.  Continue reading

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San Francisco is OH sooooo easy to walk around

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San Francisco most walkable U.S. city, website says

Thu Jul 17, 12:19 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) – San Francisco, New York and Boston are the United States’ most walkable cities, according to new rankings from a website that evaluates how easy it is to live in the nation’s cities and neighborhoods without a car. Continue reading

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Just short of 600 views…

Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days.  For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading

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Free taxi rides in Seoul, South Korea

Starting in June, you don’t have to pay taxi fare, if the credit card machine is out of order.

On May 21, the City of Seoul announced improved measures concerning taxi drivers refusing to accept credit cards.   Continue reading

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